Here are my conclusions on the Surina wood crochet hook. As I mentioned in the Part 1 of my review, there was no ‘love at first sight’ kind of deal with this wood hook. However I decided to give it a prolonged try to see if I could learn to love it. Maybe I was just so used to using a metal hook that the metal vs. wood, blunt head vs. sharp head, thumb rest vs. no thumb rest was such a big deal that it clouded my judgement on what was really a very nice hook.
So I used this hook exclusively for one entire ball of yarn (the Angel Yarns Self Shading Baby Daisy) in my baby blanket. Also, I ended up using this yarn for one entire project – the rope and tire crochet hook case ( the rope and tire crochet hook case) and that used a different yarn – the Caron Simply Soft Solids.
By the end, about 10 hours of crocheting (at least!) I had warmed up to this hook. The yarn was no longer snagging at the pointed ends – indeed I now was ok with super pointed ends. Now, every time I picked up the hook, I held it in the most optimal position. I was still not very happy with how the yarn flowed over the hook – but it was acceptable.
However I still wasn’t in love with this hook. And then my other crochet hook arrived – this one made of wood as well, African Blackwood from Turn of the Century. I used that hook for a set of 20 chains and was in love. After that I tried using the Surina again – I just cannot go back to the Surina anymore!
So here is my final Summary:
Recommendation for Surina Wood Crochet Hook – Don’t Buy!
Very affordable – Costs approximately $8.00 plus tax
Handle is too thin (and I have ‘small – normal’ size hands for a woman’) – makes it difficult to hold and crochet for a long duration (more than an hour at a time …ouch!)
Yarn does not flow freely on hook. Looks like they coat the hook with some kind of a resin primer. The feel of it is a little sticky and not smooth.
Yarn tends to snag a lot on the pointed top and the tip of the hook – until one puts in enough time to get adjusted to this hook.
I prefer using the aluminium Susan Bates over this Surina wood hook. Of course – my number one preference now is my Turn-Of-Century Hook! More about that in another post.